Oktoberfest At GACS

(10.1) The German American Cultural Society in Pawtucket is getting ready for Oktoberfest 2017: two days of German food, German beer, music by the Bavarian Brothers Band, dancing, singing, and an outdoor biergarten . . . all in the spirit of Gemütlichkeit. (Geniality and friendliness.)

Soon tables and chairs will fill the hall beneath the Bavarian bunting leaving room for musicians, dancers, and the big alpenhorn. Also on the schedule,

The SGTV Alpenblumen Schuhplattlers will show us how real folk dancing is done. There will be lots of foot stomping, heel slapping, hootin’ and hollerin’ from the men while the ladies elegantly glide and spin their way to remind us of the charm of traditional dance.
Ratskeller favs the Alpenblumen Musikanten take the stage on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon with their unique blend of energy and skill – complete with lots and lots of cowbell.  And we know you need more cowbell.

I walked in and found Sherry downstairs where the kitchen is located. She was keeping an eye on a batch of potatoes but was kind enough to give me a quick tour of the venue. The Ratskeller (seen below) features a mural behind the bar depicting a Bavarian street scene with a woman taking care of children while the men sit in the shade and drink beer! (Doesn’t matter where you go.) The sentiment above the mural does not translate directly, but is a saying that suggests something like “Hops and Malt, may God preserve them.”

During the festival, volunteers will work on grills and griddles to insure a continuous flow of Würst, potato pancakes, kraut, and potato salad. Sausage options include: bratwurst, knackwurst, and weisswurst. Check out the menu. And there seems to be a girl walking around with pretzels on a stick.

Beers on tap include: Weihenstephan, Kulmbacher, Franziskaner, Warsteiner, and Pawtucket’s own Narragansett Märzen Lager. Prost!

Saturday, 1pm to 11pm/Sunday, noon to 5pm.

Opening ceremony: Saturday at 1:30pm with the blessing of the food and tapping of the first keg.

Oktoberfest, $10 at door, GACSRI, 78 Carter Street, Pawtucket, (directions), 401.726.9873


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